Top News for July 17, 2014

Microsoft

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for July 17, 2014:

  1. Microsoft today announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs this year -- the biggest layoff in the company's history. The company also announced the end of the Nokia X, Asha and Series 40 lines and the end of Microsoft's short experiment in the Android handset business. Read more at zdnet.com.

  2. No more physical iTunes gift cards, at least not if you get iTunes pass. Apple debuted its new iTunes Pass service in the US and UK this week, after first rolling it out in Japanese iTunes stores. It lets users to buy iTunes Store credit directly... without the need for physical gift cards. Read more at cultofmac.com.

  3. Google added support for gift cards and other new features to Google Wallet. Read more at engadget.com.

  4. We told you last week that after the US Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, the company's CEO sent a letter to a U.S. district court in New York saying that because the Court smacked down Aereo by calling it a cable company, the company is entitled therefore to be licensed as a cable company. However, CNBC is reporting this morning that US copyright officials have told Aereo they do not consider it a "cable company" under the terms of copyright law. Nice try, Aereo. Read more at cnbc.com.

  5. Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the makers of "Call of Duty." Noriega's image and name is a game character in Activision Publishing's "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," and he's suing the company for unlawfully using his image for monetary gain. Noriega was convicted in the United States of drug dealing in 1992. He served 15 years in the US, and is now serving a 20-year sentence for murder and money laundering in Panama. I guess he fears Call of Duty might damage his reputation. Read more at cnbc.com.

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